Former cage fighter Alex Reid helps Sunderland MP with school dinners study

Alex Reid with MPs Sharon Hodgson (left) and Roberta Blackman-Woods
Alex Reid with MPs Sharon Hodgson (left) and Roberta Blackman-Woods
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FORMER cage fighter Alex Reid was travelling to Westminster to discuss the state of school dinners with Wearside MP Sharon Hodgson.

The ex-husband of Katie Price, and winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2010, was invited to London today to discuss ideas for improving meals for youngsters.

He will be speaking to the All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food, which is chaired by Ms Hodgson, as part of the campaign to ensure children get free school meals.

Sharon said: “Evidence shows that giving children the fuel they need to learn boosts their ability to pay attention and succeed in class, and there are obvious benefits in tackling child obesity and other health inequalities, as well as child poverty.

“However, the Tory-led Government demonstrated their callousness by scrapping the planned extension of free school meals in 2010.

“And there are fears that more children could lose their lunch under the forthcoming Universal Credit system, so we now have to look at other ways of achieving those ambitions.

“The project that Alex is working on could go some way towards that, and I’m looking forward to a very interesting debate when he comes to present to the All Party Group.”

In February, the personal trainer also made the trip to meet Mrs Hodgson, the Shadow Education Minister, along with Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods

At the time he posted a picture of the three of them having a meal together on social networking site Twitter.

He wrote “Move over Jamie Oliver, let’s get school dinners in this country sorted. Not that Jamie’s not a top guy with a top idea!”.

Chef Jamie Oliver, who has campaigned for healthier meals over the past decade, warned yesterday that the progress made in recent years risks being undone by new academies which are allowed to ignore nutrient-based Government standards.

Oliver said: “This mantra that we are not going to tell (academy) schools what to do just isn’t good enough in the midst of the biggest obesity epidemic ever.

“The public health of five million children should not be left to luck or chance.”

The chef said he was “totally mystified” as to why academies are being allowed to determine what food should be on offer, while state schools follow the national standards introduced in 2008.

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